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Dakos recipe, Cretan easy salad

Dakos recipe, Cretan easy salad

The Cretan diet is praised as the healthiest and most balanced in the Mediterranean. The abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, the delicious fresh cheeses and moderate consumption of meat is what made it so famous. Perhaps moderation is not what would best describe our diets nowadays, but the traditional Cretan cuisine hides treasures that are worth seeking out.

Serves

2

Fava Santorini beans, Greek recipe

Fava Santorini beans, Greek recipe

In Santorini you will be undoubtedly drawn in by the amazing scenery. The views from the volcanic island down to the caldera are breathtaking. Walk down the narrow streets winding through traditional white-washed houses with blue windows, before reaching the many rooftops and balconies hanging off cliffs to gaze at the most magical sunset in the world. As the sun goes down you will most probably be sipping from a glass of excellent Assyrtiko wine. Santorini’s cuisine will entice you as much as its scenery.

Cooking time

00:45

Greek Pita Bread, the easy and tasty recipe

Greek Pita Bread, the easy and tasty recipe

Greek pita, easy to make at home! What makes souvlaki so unmistakable in the culinary landscape, aside from the exquisite grilled meat and tzatziki sauce, is of course the use of pita bread. The Greek pita bread resembles quite a lot the Arabic pitta bread, but unlike it the Greek version of pita is leavened. The pita bread is really soft and most important is flexible so that it can wrap as a gyros pita around the grilled meat and tzatziki or any other filling of choice. And one thing is really unique to the Greek pita bread: it is one of the easiest bread you can make at home.

Cooking time

01:10

Dolmades, the traditional Greek recipe

Dolmades, the traditional Greek recipe

Few things can compare to the divine taste of home-made Greek dolmades. The option to get them ready made are plenty. With a little effort, though, you can actually enjoy your own, very tasty vine leaves wraps, dolmadakia, and you will find these are far superior in taste.

Cooking time

00:55

Tzatziki: How to make easy tzatziki dip

Tzatziki: How to make easy tzatziki dip

Little can be added for the most famous Greek dip, a sour cream that everybody love. The reputation of tzatziki sauce precedes it, it cools souvlaki wraps, it can stand alone on a table full of mezze and it is certainly the one dip that will cool your day. Sauce tzatziki is creamy, refreshing and with a spicy kick of garlic. And oh, so simple to make! Tzatziki comes as the perfect dip to compliment grilled meats. There can be no better match to it than souvlaki or kebab grills. In Greek tavernas, tzatziki appetizer always makes its appearance alongside crispy, freshly fried vegetables.

Cooking time

00:30

Papoutsakia eggplant recipe from Naxos

Papoutsakia eggplant recipe from Naxos

Naxos is the greenest and largest of the Cycladic islands. White-washed houses will meet and greet you in the Hora of Naxos, dream sandy beaches with crystal clear waters are a stone's throw away while you will be surrounded by high mountains with picturesque villages. The natural beauty of Naxos can only be matched by its high quality cuisine.

Cooking time

02:00

Moussaka recipe: how to cook easy moussaka

Moussaka recipe: how to cook easy moussaka

Moussaka is the quintessential Greek dish, combining all the flavours of summer in one wonderful bake. There is no other dish that speaks out summer holidays, warm weather and comfort food.

Cooking time

02:30

Greek recipes, a cuisine strongly linked to tradition

Authentic Greek cuisine is a milestone of one of the best Mediterranean diets with centuries-old tradition. It is based on the use of raw materials such as extra virgin olive oilolives and vegetables, all widely available in the Greek territory. The meat, among all kinds especially the lamb, and the fish are widely used in all traditional Greek recipes.

Moussaka is certainly one of the reference recipes of Greek cuisine heritage, a typical dish that represents the completeness of the Greek Mediterranean diet. The presence of fresh seasonal vegetables, such as aubergines and courgettes, of minced beef and of graviera cheese, makes it simply exquisite, energetic and complete.

The souvlaki, Greek street food of excellence, owes its success to the extreme simplicity in making it and its unparalleled flavour. A few simple ingredients come together in an exceptional Greek dish: meat, pork or chicken, pita and a bit of tasty tzatziki sauce to garnish everything.

Greek cuisine mainstay is tzatziki, an extremely simple to make and exquisitely unique. It is enough to have Greek yoghurt (the whole one and creamy!), garlic and cucumbers ... and that's it!

Another iconic dish among Greek recipes is definitely the Greek salad, known and loved all over the world every summer. Composed of natural ingredients such as fresh juicy tomatoes and feta cheese (the most iconic greek cheese), it can easily be defined as a great classic.

Until you get to dishes a bit 'more elaborate and for this even more tasty, such as the renowned papoutsakia (eggplants from Naxos baked with an abundant quantity of meat and cheese) or the legendary dolmades (the exquisite rolls of vine leaves stuffed with rice).

All Greek cuisine has a traditional origin, linked to the land and to the people who live there.

Greek inspired cuisine: the best dishes

Classic Greek cuisine means the ideal lunch or dinner to enjoy at home with friends, exactly as you do in Greece. Taste, aromas and flavours that blend perfectly with the right amount of alcohol ... red wine, beer and ouzo first and foremost.

Preparing the best dishes of the Greek cuisine at home is not difficult, it requires the right ingredients, a nice dose of love for cooking and a spoonful of creativity. Real Greek cuisine at your place!

In our section dedicated to Greek recipes you can discover all the secrets to prepare the best traditional Greek recipes. Among them, for example, the exquisite spinach pie, pita bread and many other Greek-style recipes.

Although Greece is a country famous for its pristine sea and virgin beaches, Greek cuisine is more oriented towards land dishes. Most holidays see meat rather than fish as their main course.

At Easter, for example, we celebrate with grilled Greek lamb. We start in the morning and slow roast the lamb on the spit until its outer skin becomes golden brown ... and above all super-crunchy!

Another particularly heartfelt party is mid-August. On the 15th of August, in fact, in every village a street party is prepared in which a succulent banquet is usually the protagonist.

For example, those organized in Peloponnese are famous, in which the protagonist becomes the pig on a spit. All strictly cooked slowly, because cooking itself is part of the party. Late at night, when the dances have reached their peak, plates full of crispy suckling pig on a spit are seen turning between the tables.

But it is the history of Greece itself that is widely visible in its cuisine. Italian influences, for example, are particularly present in the cuisines of the Dodecanese and Peloponnese as they are areas in which the Italian presence has been considerable over the years.

Similarly, confectionery production is strongly influenced by Turkish and Middle Eastern influences, just think of sweets such as baklava, kataifi and the use of spices such as cinnamon and cloves.

Find out what the necessary ingredients are and how to make the best Greek food!

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